NPR: Surprised By A Medical Bill? Join The Club. Most Americans Say They Have Been

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NPR: Surprised By A Medical Bill? Join The Club. Most Americans Say They Have Been

There are few surprises more unpleasant than unexpected costs for medical care.

Unfortunately, too many Americans are familiar with that feeling.

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NPR: Surprised By A Medical Bill? Join The Club. Most Americans Say They Have Been

Alison Kodjak – September 2, 2018

Key points:

  • A recent survey of American adults shows that unexpected medical costs are the norm.
  • Most survey respondents—57%—have been surprised by a medical bill they thought would be paid for by their insurance companies, the survey from the research group NORC at the University of Chicago finds.
  • The survey shows that 53% of those surveyed were surprised by a bill for a physician’s service, and 51% got an unexpected bill for a laboratory test.
  • Hospital and health care facility charges surprised 43% of respondents, and 35% reported getting unexpected bills for imaging services like CT scans.
  • An earlier survey conducted in 2015 by Consumers Union found about a third of people got an unexpected medical bill after their insurers paid less than expected.

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